Bivalve

Spiny defences

The spines on this shell are almost certainly defensive to make it difficult for a predator to grab and break the shell. Modern tools and dedicated preparation of fossils can produce some startling results, revealing detail rarely seen on older specimens prepared with much coarser tools.

Find out more about bivalves on the molluscs pages.

Common name

Bivalve

Scientific name

Ctenostreon

Type

Molluscs > Bivalves


Strata

Inferior Oolite

Time period

Middle Jurassic

Age

175 million years

Where found

Burton Bradstock

Found by

Andy Cowap including preparation

Museum

Bridport Museum

Accession number

BRPMG 10812